17 Oct

Essential Gear for Bow Hunting

Bow hunting must be on top of the list when it comes to cool gear, but if there is one thing I regret is that I cannot really spend all the money I have on such things. No matter how cool a piece of gear is, I need to show restraint, or, otherwise, my wallet will be empty and suffering in no time. In due time I learned that you do not really need everything hunting and fishing stores have in stock, but rather a few essentials that I am going to list right away.


Good camouflage

1The last you want when you are hunting is for prey to get hold of you just because you are simply too visible. Good camouflage is important, so at least your jacket must cover most of your body and it has to be painted in the colors needed for hiding you in the type of environment you use as hunting grounds. Some people even choose to buy plain thermal jackets and paint them themselves, but I don’t think I am much of a painter myself, so I just go with the camo jackets stores have on stock for sale.


A high quality tree stand

2A lot of time will be spent waiting for your prey to make an appearance, so you need a high quality tree stand. There are quite a few things to consider here, starting with the overall comfort of the stand, and ending with how noisy it is. If you plan on changing locations, nothing can act more as a deterrent to wild animals than strange screeching noises their superior hearing can catch. So my advice is to never skimp on a good tree stand, because it will surely hurt your hunting results.




A reliable backpack

3Since you may be packing quite a lot of gear when you go bow hunting, it is highly recommended to get a reliable backpack. First things first, it must be able to accommodate your bow somehow, preferably hooked on the outside, since any other arrangement will be a constant cause for discomfort. Then, you should consider good compartmentalization, since smaller gear like a grunt caller, knife, a rangefinder and the like, must be easy to access, to avoid rummaging for every little piece while you are supposed to keep focused on hunting.


Obviously, there are many other bow hunting essentials that are not listed here, but I hope to have given you a good starting point, so you can quickly embark on some awesome hunting adventures.

18 Sep

My Basic Tips for Choosing a Hunting Bow

Hunting can be a thrilling experience and there is no wonder that even in today’s fast pacing world, many people still prefer taking time off from their modern lives and embarking on a trip to the great outdoors. If you are just taking up hunting and you are curious about how to pick a good reliable hunting bow, I am here to help you. Some of the tips I will list below right away I learned from other, more seasoned hunters, while the rest I learned on my own, from experience. I hope my little list will help you pick the right bow for your first hunting trip.

101122 Roswell - Avid bow hunter, Bob Coombs in stealth mode about 25-feet above ground on the deer stand in the wooded area of Martins Landing subdivision. Coombs said he started this sport seriously about six years ago and has won several awards since. He said deer hunting is safe and residence have nothing to fear. People in the Martins Landing subdivision in Roswell are upset because Bob Coombs is bow hunting for dear in a 20-acre wooded section their backyard back up to Monday, November 22, 2010. Vino Wong vwong@ajc.com

Right handed or left handed?

I guess you have already hurried to give an answer to this one, but I am here to tell you: “not so fast”. Why? Because it is not actually the hand you use most that should dictate what kind of bow you should get, but your dominant eye. What is that? It is basically the eye that gives you a clearer image of what you see before your eyes. You may well know that hunters are counting on their eyesight quite a lot, and that is why you should take your dominant eye into consideration.

Here is a short exercise to try. Form a triangle with your hands in front of your eyes, and stare at an object that you can easily frame with the triangle formed earlier. Look through the triangle with both eyes, then close one eye than the other. The eye that gives you the “truer” image is your dominant eye.



What kind of bow is best for hunting?

There are all kinds of bows available for hunting and you should know what kind is best. From my experience, a compound bow is the best choice because it is the kind that delivers the highest speed while it is easier to manipulate. Especially if you are not the large kind of guy, you surely want a bow that you can handle, without any prior experience.

Others also agree that compound bows are the best choice. See this article for more details.



Picking the draw length

There are all kinds of specs you will notice written in the description of various hunting bows, but I suggest concentrating on draw length above all. Draw length means how much you can draw the bow, so you can launch the arrow at the highest speed possible. I will keep things simple this time and tell you this: the best hunting arrow for you is the one that you can reach maximum draw length with by using your own arms.

Learn how to measure your draw length with this guide. I also suggest you should read some hunting bow reviews before purchasing one.